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BT Sport viewers will be able to watch the home leg of England U21's crucial European Championship play-off against Croatia U21 this Friday (October 10th).

The game - which kicks off at Wolves' Molineux ground at 5:45pm - will be the first match to air on BT Sport under a new four-year TV deal.

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BT Sport has signed an agreement to show England development team matches through to 2018, including one U17 and one U19 game per season.

Simon Green, Head of BT Sport, said the broadcaster is "delighted" to be airing the Young Lions matches live on TV.

"Youth development is important to the future of our national game and now our viewers will be able to watch the stars of the future in action, exclusively live, on BT Sport."

England Under-21 Head Coach Gareth Southgate described BT Sport’s support of the U21s as "great news".

"By including younger development teams in their coverage it means fans will be able to watch some of the country’s most exciting prospects even further down the age groups," the ex-Middlesbrough boss stated.

England U21 go into Friday's game after winning nine and drawing one of their ten UEFA European Championship qualifying matches.

They need to beat Croatia U21 over two legs in order to reach next summer's tournament finals in the Czech Republic.

Southgate has named a 23-man squad for the home fixture, which comes four days before the second leg away in Vinkovci on Tuesday October 14th.

A number of Barclays Premier League stars are set to be involved, including Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson - currently on loan at West Ham - Spurs striker Harry Kane and West Brom's Saido Berahino.

However, James Ward-Prowse, Nathaniel Chalobah and Danny Ings are all ruled out of the play-offs through injury.

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